Location: Hotel Hotel – 25 Edinburgh Ave Canberra
Opening hours: 6.30am – 1am every day
Phone: (02) 6287 6287
I have been contemplating for awhile as to whether to review my dinner experience at Monster Kitchen & Bar. This was because I had a very different dining experience to everyone else.
Monster Kitchen & Bar’s menu is designed for sharing so I felt that it was the perfect place for “K’s” birthday bash.
Once the group was seated, the waiter explained the “Monster Kitchen & bar” ordering method, recommending the number of dishes we should order to gain the best possible dining experience. Unfortunately this did not work out with such a big group as everyone wanted to try different dishes. The waiter kept on insisting that we order shared dishes that by the time everyone decided on what dishes to share, their dining experience was already ruined.
Lucky for me, due to my fructose intolerance, the waiter ‘allowed’ me to order my own dishes.
I think the kitchen was going for a French-Japanese / French-Korean fusion theme with my dishes.
The eggplant dish: The eggplant had an intense smoky miso flavour. When eaten in combination with the goat’s curd, the creamy texture of the curd smoothed out the strong miso flavour. It was a really interesting play on textures and flavours.
The duck breast dish: When the waiter informed me of their fructose-free house-made kimchi cucumber, I was super excited as I have been missing Korean food since I’ve started on my fructose-free diet. The duck breast was cooked perfectly with the fat rendered down and pink in the middle. When eaten in combination with the kimchi cucumber and horseradish crème, it was divine.
I was one happy fatty bunny that night!
Final thoughts: I had a wonder dining experience and I found the combination of flavours very interesting. BUT the rest of the group did not particularly enjoy their meal and left still feeling hungry.
First impression: 4/10
Customer service: 4/10
Value for money: 4/10